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Wright 'excited' by City opportunity

By Ian Appleyard | 13th June 2018

Jake Wright is targeting a second consecutive promotion from Vanarama National League North after leaving Harrogate Town to join York City.

Striker Wright, 21, helped Town win promotion via the play-offs last season but rejected the opportunity to stay at the CNG Stadium.

He has opted instead for a return to Bootham Crescent - where he previously played on loan two seasons ago - and says he is 'excited' about the future after signing a two-year deal.

"I really enjoyed my time at Harrogate last season and they wanted me to stay," he admitted. "It was a difficult decision to take but I explained things to Simon Weaver (Town manager) and he understood my situation. There are no hard feelings and I am really excited about the future.

"I have got a lot of respect for Harrogate and I wish them all the best next season," he added. "They gave me a great opportunity and the club thoroughly deserved to win promotion. It was nice to be a part of that success.

"But I wanted to play on grass pitches again this season and I was really impressed by the ambition at this club.

"The City fanbase is unbelievable and the move to the new stadium (next summer) is only going to attract more and more people," he said.

"I am looking forward to being involved in another promotion push," he said. "Promotion is the goal and it would be nice if we could go up next season to open the new stadium in a new league. I know everyone here wants to get this club back where it belongs in the Football League."

Wright was still a teenager when he last played for City - and scored one goal in seven appearances during a loan spell from Sheffield United in August/September 2016.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my first spell at the club and I would have loved to have stayed until the end of that season to see how things developed," he reflected.

"But it was a funny situation because I kept on being called back by Sheffield United. I was back and forth and it just seemed to fizzle out in the end. I don't really understand how that happened - but that's football and I am back now and excited about the future.

"Martin Gray has told me about the formation and the type of football he wants to play next season and it really appeals to me. He expects the best from all his players, every day, and that's what I will give. I will run and run until I can't run no more.

"I think I have improved as a player over these last two years and and I might have grown up a little bit too," he admitted. "There are a few strikers at the club now but that should make for a good competitive atmosphere. People will have to work hard and not get complacent."


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